Senior Developer, Distributed Systems at Movable Ink | Powderkeg

Customers don’t experience data, they experience content. Movable Ink activates any data into personalized content in any customer engagement. The world’s most innovative brands rely on Movable Ink to accelerate their marketing performance. Headquartered in New York City, Movable Ink and its more than 500 employees serve its global client base from operations throughout North America, Central America, Europe, Australia, and Japan.

Coherent Path is the email marketing calendar company for top retailers that are seeking to transform their email program into a modern, data-driven channel focused on revenue.

Join a fast-paced AI startup working with some of the largest retailers you may recognize including Old Navy, Banana Republic, Bloomingdale’s, and L.L.Bean!

Our company's machine-learning solution empowers retailers with the relevant themes and categories they should feature in today’s campaigns while continuously learning to inform the campaigns of tomorrow. By creating an optimized email diet that caters to each customer's evolving tastes and moods, Coherent Path’s software helps retailers quickly engage with and cross-sell to customers and promote strategic product categories while reducing email fatigue. Coherent Path has offices in Boston and Toronto.

We are looking for a talented Senior Software Developer, Distributed Systems to be a part of our development team that will work on building and maintaining fault tolerant services and applications. We are looking for someone to support the vision for our backend services that will help us scale and meet future demand. There’s lots to do and lots to learn, so we hope you are also a fast learner who can grow with Coherent Path as we build the future of email marketing!


  • Work as part of a Scrum team to design and implement secure, scalable, highly available, and fault tolerant services using our core web technologies – Python, Django, Elixir, PostgreSQL, Celery, and GraphQL.
  • Build high traffic data processing pipelines
  • Build scalable asynchronous task processing
  • Collaborate with product and engineering teams to implement complex projects that require comprehensive and in-depth analysis and understanding of the client’s requirements.
  • Measure and monitor service performance and reliability, participating in the on-call rotation.
  • Improve our existing services and troubleshoot customer issues when they come in.
  • Build innovative new features to support our growing enterprise customer base, with a strong empathy for the end-user experience.
  • Write clean, efficient code to the latest industry standards.
  • Take ownership of the web application backend and be responsible for the technical mentorship of other developers.
  • Participate in code reviews both as contributor and reviewer - We all review each other’s work here!


  • 5+ years of industry development experience with Python and/or other functional programming languages (Elixir preferred).
  • Write, modify, review, optimize and debug computer code
  • Contribute to the development and improvement of application methods and procedures
  • Provide both functional and technical leadership within projects
  • Review code and architecture to ensure that they comply with the company's development standards and industry best practices
  • In depth knowledge and experience with Python, Django, PostgreSQL, Celery, and GraphQL.
  • Strong ORM data modeling skills (Django preferred).
  • Experience building performant REST and gRPC APIs
  • Experience with building highly fault tolerant applications
  • Experience with modern cloud technologies (we use Kubernetes on Google Cloud Platform)
  • Follow security best practices (proficiency with OWASP top 10, OAuth/Auth0, and Django roles and groups)
  • Professional experience with Git
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to learn, problem solve and know when to ask questions
  • A sense of ownership over what you build, thinking through all the edge cases and angles. You’re not just looking for a fully fleshed-out spec thrown over the wall for you to code; you’re able to empathize with the end-user to produce the best solution for them.
  • Able to empathize with the end-user to produce the best solution for them.
  • Communication skills for discussions with our product, design and development teams.
  • A strong desire to learn new tools, practices and technologies.
  • Degree in Computer Science/Software Development or equivalent work experience

Nice to Have

  • Experience with Python APM and related solutions (ScoutAPM, Sentry, or Datadog; Prometheus or Grafana; Rollbar)
  • Email marketing experience and/or experience working with ESPs (Email Service Providers)

Studies have shown that women, communities of color, and historically underrepresented people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture where all Inkers can thrive. If you’re excited about the role but don’t meet all of the abovementioned qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Our differences bring a breadth of knowledge and perspectives that makes us collectively stronger.

We welcome and employ people regardless of race, color, gender identity or expression, religion, genetic information, parental or pregnancy status, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, ethnicity, family or marital status, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, disability, Veteran status, or other protected characteristics. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Senior Developer, Distributed Systems
  • Company
    Movable Ink
  • Location
  • Employment Type
    Full time
Ready to apply?
Ready to apply?